William Regal Says Vince McMahon Let Him Out Of WWE Contract Early After His Release To Join AEW

Vince McMahon did a kind act for William Regal.

William Regal, who served as the on-screen GM for NXT and was active behind the scenes as a scout and coach, was released by WWE on January 5. He went on to join AEW at AEW Revolution on March 6, breaking up a fight between Jon Moxley and Bryan Danielson.

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Speaking at ITR Live in October, Regal revealed that Vince McMahon ended his non-compete clause early so he could join AEW.

"Mr. McMahon was very good to me, to the point of, I will say this because whatever he's going through, he was excellent to me. I had a talent contract, as well as an employee contract and it didn't run out until the end of April because I played William Regal. I started for AEW on the seventh of March. I didn't call anybody else, I sent a message straight to the boss, 'Hey Boss, I've got this thing with Bryan,' and he loves Bryan as well. 'Absolutely, you go' and still paid me until the end of my talent contract. I was the only person who ever got paid by both companies at the same time," said Regal.

Regal will remain with AEW until the end of 2022. He requested AEW not pick up his option at the end of the year so he could rejoin his son Charlie Dempsey in NXT. You can find Tony Khan's full comments on Regal's impending departure by clicking here.

Though Regal will return to WWE, he won't be an on-screen performer in 2023.

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